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Dog Breeding Program

We are Breeders of Merit certified with the American Kennel Club, specializing in Labrador Retrievers and the Heirloom Small Dog breed known as Mountain Feist. Our Mountain Feist's are registered. 


Check out our boarding and grooming pages for a full list of services and information.

**Please note ONLY CASH or CHECK accepted.**



Check out our grooming page for a full list of services and information.

**Please note ONLY CASH or CHECK accepted.**


Dog Training

Call to speak with Nita to schedule an appointment and to answer any questions you may have about our training program. We have three programs  that will usually fit any needs a pet owner can have.



Tel: 804-795-5933 

Fax:  804-795-5983





5803 Charles City Road

Henrico, Virginia 23231


Saturday - Sunday

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM




Important Notice: Dog Flu Outbreak in the Richmond Area

Current HOURS OF OPERATION 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

We are closed ALL HOLIDAYS

Dear Valued Customers,


We want to inform you about a recent dog flu outbreak in the Richmond area. Several cases of dog flu have been reported, leading to the temporary closure of affected businesses, including local animal shelters and boarding facilities.


To ensure the health and safety of all our boarding guests, we kindly request your cooperation in the following preventive measures:


1. Pre-boarding Considerations:

   - Please consult your veterinarian for flu treatment protocols if your dog becomes symptomatic before boarding.

   - If your dog has recently contracted and recovered from the dog flu, please ensure that your dog has been quarantined at least 21 days before boarding with us. (Per AKC guidelines)

   - We ask that you refrain from taking them to crowded public dog areas for at least 2-3 weeks before bringing them to our facility.


2. Emergency Contact and Backup Plan:

   - It is essential for every dog owner to provide an emergency contact with their veterinarian.

   - In the event that a dog becomes symptomatic while boarding, they need to be promptly taken from the property within 24 hours.

   - If necessary, we can assist with transportation to your vet. However, please ensure you have a backup plan in place so that your dog can be removed from the property or taken to their personal veterinarian.


We prioritize the well-being of all the dogs in our care, and these measures will help us mitigate the risk of spreading the flu within our facility.


Rest assured, we maintain rigorous cleaning and sanitation protocols to ensure a safe environment for your beloved pets. Our staff is trained to recognize the early signs of illness and will provide immediate attention if any concerns arise.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. If you have any questions or require further information, please don't hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your trust in our boarding services and look forward to providing a safe and comfortable stay for your dogs.


Warm regards,


Break of Dawn Farm and Kennel


Thank you for visiting our site!

The Break of Dawn Kennel has been serving the Richmond, Virginia area since 1983. We are located a short distance (7 miles east down Charles City Road) from the Richmond International Airport. Let our caring and knowledgeable staff take care of your animal in our impeccably clean boarding facilities while you are away! 

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